CaroMont Heart & Vascular

WATCHMAN

Twenty percent of strokes are caused by an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib. Traditionally, the common treatment for AFib was blood-thinning medication, such as Warfarin. However, long-term use of blood-thinners raise the risk of internal bleeding.

The WATCHMAN device offers a non-pharmaceutical solution for a number of patients. The WATCHMAN permanently seals off the left atrial appendage (LAA) of the heart, a small pouch that is the site of almost all stroke-causing blood clots in people with AFib.

Who is a candidate for WATCHMAN™?

Your doctor may recommend implanting a WATCHMAN device if you:

  • Are at increased risk of stroke and blood-thinning medication is recommended
  • Have AFib not caused by a heart valve problem
  • Have a history of bleeding problems while taking blood thinners or are unable to tolerate their side effects
  • Have a medical condition, occupation or lifestyle that increases your risk of major bleeding due to trauma
  • Have trouble staying within the recommended blood-clotting range

You should not have a WATCHMAN device implanted if you:

  • Are allergic to a material in the device, such as nickel or titanium
  • Can’t take blood thinners for a short period of time after the device has been implanted (45 days)
  • Need to take blood thinners for a reason other than AFib
  • Should not or cannot undergo Heart Catheterization procedures

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact Kelly Harris at watchman@caromonthealth.org.